From a reader:
I received this scam below – yesterday.
Thanks to your website, I did not post any money. I wanted to look on the internet for any validation of the sender and the “involved” parties. Please post this on your website to prevent anyone from having their money robbed.
It’s our intention to reach you in this medium. We the International Finance Corporation (IFC) is a member of the World Bank Group and we have organized a program called “Social Security Benefits”.
This program is to help fight against poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results and help people and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity in the public and private sectors of the world.
Our vision is that people should have the opportunity to escape poverty and improve their lives in all over the world.
More than two million people are currently benefiting from this program, and you are lucky to be selected as one of the beneficiaries across the world. There are many other people who may qualify for this grant, but have no such opportunity. Beneficiaries email addresses were selected randomly by our electronic automated machine from over 140 websites including Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Aol, etc.
It is our pleaseure to inform you that you are being granted the sum of $850,000.00 USD Check as an Award from us and for being selected as one of our beneficiaries.
As Africa is the world’s largest poorest continent, the Financial Commitee of this program have deposited your Social Security Benefit Check Award of $1,000,000.00 USD to the United Parcel Service of Nigeria (UPS), for them to facilitate the delivery of your check to you prior to your early contact with them.
Your Settlement Check Parcel was deposited and registered with Reference Number IFC-WB3-07/UPS.
You are to contact the United Parcel Service of Nigeria (UPS), with your Reference Number, Full Name, Resident Address, and your Mobile Telephone Number, to enable them further the delivery/shipment of your check to you.
Note that the shipment/handling fee for the delivery/shipment of your check will be paid by beneficiaries. You are hereby advise to contact the United Parcel Service of Nigeria to book your check delivery/shipment arrangements.
United Parcel Service Nigeria LTD
Plot 781 Emeka Anyaoku Street
Area Eleven Garki
LARS H. THUNELL
Executive Vice President